noun, often attributive
out·pa·tient | \ˈau̇t-ˌpā-shənt \

Definition of outpatient 

: a patient who is not hospitalized overnight but who visits a hospital, clinic, or associated facility for diagnosis or treatment — compare inpatient

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The hospital added an outpatient specialty and surgery care center, called University Health, in 2015. Allison Kite, kansascity, "Patient demand drives $70 million expansion on Hospital Hill," 11 July 2018 He was also ordered to pay $695 in fines and court costs, undergo random drug testing and outpatient counseling, take a 40-week class on preventing domestic violence and perform five days of community service. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, "Ex-Troy city manager Kischnick in trouble again; faces bribery charges," 6 July 2018 In Chinese cities, the outpatient departments of some hospitals see 10,000 or more patients a day. Robyn Dixon, latimes.com, "China plans to dominate AI, with a vanguard of robotic doctors like 'Biomind'," 6 July 2018 Its products could be used to supply operating and emergency rooms, along with outpatient locations. New York Times, "Amazon to Buy Online Pharmacy PillPack, Jumping Into the Drug Business," 28 June 2018 Some patients have struggled to get this drug covered by Medicaid, even though Medicaid is supposed to cover all FDA approved outpatient drugs after the state program signs a pricing agreement with the company. Ike Swetlitz, STAT, "Medicaid must pay for drugs approved through FDA’s ‘accelerated’ pathway, agency tells states," 27 June 2018 Child psychiatrist Thomas Tarshis, who directs mental health clinics for Bay Area teens, said his clinicians use a similar type of prompting exercise in intensive outpatient programs. San Francisco Chronicle, "A Retreat’s Risky Lessons," 14 June 2018 The procedure, which is common and generally safe, is typically performed by an ophthalmologist on an outpatient basis. Dave Quinn, PEOPLE.com, "Princess Charlotte Is Once Again the Queen's Mini-Me in Adorable New Shades: See the Photos!," 12 June 2018 Banner Thunderbird Medical Center's Department of Behavioral Health offers an intensive outpatient program for adults and teens. Lauren Castle, azcentral, "Know someone suffering from depression? This is how you can help," 8 June 2018

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1715, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of outpatient

: a person who goes to a doctor's office or hospital for treatment but who does not spend the night there


out·pa·tient | \ˈau̇t-ˌpā-shənt \

Medical Definition of outpatient 

: a patient who is not hospitalized overnight but who visits a hospital, clinic, or associated facility for diagnosis or treatment — compare inpatient

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